Advanced DNA testing lead authorities to man in 1996 Lake Township murder

Victoria Jane Collins was found murdered in 1996 behind a truck stop in Lake Township.
Published: Aug. 20, 2020 at 11:53 AM EDT
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WOOD COUNTY, Ohio (WTVG) - A 24-year-old cold case in Lake Township is closer to being resolved after a man was indicted Wednesday for the murder of Victoria Jane Collins.

Samuel William Legg III was indicted by a Wood County grand jury on two counts of aggravated murder, murder, rape, and kidnapping. Legg was connected to Collins’ murder by advanced DNA techniques. He was already linked to two other murders, in Medina County, Ohio, and Lake County, Ill. He was previously indicted in Medina County and Mahoning County, Ohio.

Samuel William Legg III
Samuel William Legg III(WTVG)

Collins was found murdered on December 20, 1996, behind the Union 76 truck stop in Lake Township. The 27-year-old Cleveland woman was last seen leaving a Cleveland-area bar with three people, a woman and two men. Her body was discovered several days later. The Wood County Coroner said she died of cardiac arrest.

“When we announced the arrest of Samuel Legg in February 2019 for a rape in Medina County, I said it was fair to call him a serial killer,” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said. “Tenacious work by law enforcement and cutting edge DNA technology have continued to unravel his crimes.”

Legg is currently in custody in Ohio.

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